Report: Google TV partners asked to pull product debuts from CES

Google TV, which has been less-than-well-received by consumers, apparently is quietly asking its partners who planned to make a big splash with the technology at next month's Consumer Electronics Show to hold off while it works to make the platform more appealing.

The New York Times reports Google plans to rework the software in an effort to bring a better experience to consumers looking to meld the Internet with their television viewing. Although Sony and Logitech already have rolled out Google TV devices, Toshiba, LG and Sharp also were slated to debut their entries at CES, but now it appears only Samsung will have product on the show floor, while Vizio will introduce its entrants at private meetings.

The delay, Forrester analyst James McQuivey says, could mean Google takes as long as another year before it tries to relaunch Google TV, and illustrates Google's sometimes indifferent approach to its CE partners. “Google as a company is not a particularly partner-friendly or partner-focused company,” he said.

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